Sonoma County, CA; 14.1% ABV
$7 at the Richmond, CA, store on 19 Oct
I had been intrigued by this bottling because the color of the wine through the bottle looked nicely complex, and, hey, some quirky one-off bottling like this could be a sleeper hit. And, indeed, it is delicious!
The wine needs only a little air in the glass to become very smooth, ripe, rich, and elegant, showing flavors of dark red cherry, strawberry jam with hint of dark red or black raspberry, dried orange, and earthy root beer / cola. It starts out a little more full than I generally prefer Pinot Noir, but (1) it’s delicious anyway, and (2) it actually becomes less heavy, less dark in flavor, and more liquidy elegant as it airs. It was so good, we greedily sucked it all down, leaving none for the next day. While it did not taste at all too old, I expect the day when it does is coming soon, so drink up.